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Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation

 

 

Off-Season Camping available November 1 - May 1

Individuals and small parties:
please submit request at least 3 days in advance

Groups of 8 or more: A special use permit may be required. Please submit request at least 10 days in advance.


Scroll down for information on Off-Season Day Use

For your safety and protection, you must submit a Request for Off Season Camping Form to the regional office of the park you wish to camp in. Choose from the options below:

Southeast Parks

Allis, Camp Plymouth, Coolidge, Fort Dummer, Gifford Woods, Jamaica, Molly Stark, Mt. Ascutney, Quechee, Silver Lake

 

 

Southwest Parks

Bomoseen, Branbury, Button Bay, DAR, Emerald Lake, Half Moon, Mt. Philo, Lake Shaftsbury, Lake St. Catherine, Woodford

 

Northwest
Parks

Burton Island, Grand Isle, Knight island, Lake Carmi, North Hero, Underhill, Woods Island

 

Northeast
Parks

Big Deer, Brighton, Elmore, Green River Reservoir, Kettle Pond, Little River, Maidstone, New Discovery, Ricker Pond, Smugglers' Notch, Stillwater

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Here are some important things you need to know about off season camping in the parks:

  • Most campground access roads are either gated or not plowed, so you will likely have to walk to your site.
  • Please park only in a manner that allows access by others and please drive only on established roadways or parking areas.
  • There are no water supply, restroom or refuse removal services or facilities.  Please carry in and carry out your own supplies, including all trash, garbage and human waste. Do your best to leave the area in as good or better condition than you found it .
  • Snow plowing arrangements vary by location.  Be prepared to dig yourselves out in the event of inclement weather.
  • Have a plan.  Public phones in parks are few and often out of service during the off season.  Cell phone coverage is sporadic at best and absent entirely in some locations.
  • Campsite selection is on a first come-first served basis.  You may have to select an alternate campsite if you find the one you’d hoped for already occupied.
  • Groups may need to obtain a special use permit from the state park regional office, and fees may be charged. Please allow 2-4 weeks for groups requests to be processed.
  • Park staff are only present sporadically during the off season.  We invite you to be our “eyes and ears” by please reporting to us (parks@state.vt.us) after your visit if you notice or discover anything amiss or out of the ordinary (examples:  vandalism, break-ins, inappropriate facility use, etc.)

Parks that permit off season camping:

Allis, Ascutney, Big Deer, Bomoseen, Branbury, Brighton, Burton Island, Button Bay, Camp Plymouth, Coolidge, DAR, Elmore, Emerald Lake, Gifford Woods, Grand Isle, Green River Reservoir, Half Moon, Jamaica, Kettle Pond, Knight Island, Lake Carmi, Lake Shaftsbury, Lake St. Catherine, Little River, Maidstone, Molly Stark, Mt. Philo, New Discovery, North Hero, Quechee, Ricker Pond, Silver Lake, Smugglers' Notch, Stillwater, Townshend, Underhill, Wilgus, Woodford, Woods Island

 

Off-Season Day Use

 

Looking to visit for the day, maybe for some snowshoeing or some sledding? You are welcome to enter the parks for day use anytime, just keep in mind the following:

  • Please park only in a manner that allows access by others and please drive only on established roadways or parking areas.
  • Water supply, restroom or refuse removal services or facilities are closed for the season.
  • Leave No Trace: Carry In/CarryOut
  • Have a plan. Snow plowing arrangements vary by location. Be prepared to dig yourselves out in the event of inclement weather.
  • While hunting is not permitted in developed recreation areas like state parks during the regular operating season, hunting is allowed on most state lands in the parks off-season
  • Access is free of charge.
  • Park staff are only present sporadically during the off season. We invite you to be our "eyes and ears" by please reporting to parks@state.vt.us after your visit anything you notice or discover amiss or out of the ordinary (vandalism, break-ins, inappropriate facility use, etc.).

Off-Season Parking Access (pdf)
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